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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Germinate \Ger"mi*nate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Germinated; p. pr. & vb. n. Germinating.] [L. germinatus, p. p. of germinare to sprout, fr. germen. See Germ.] To sprout; to bud; to shoot; to begin to vegetate, as a plant or its seed; to begin to develop, as a germ. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]